Ministry Health Care's Marketing and Communications Efforts Receive Top Honors from WHPRMS

Ministry Health Care was recently a winner in the 2009 Communications Review by the Wisconsin Healthcare Public Relations and Marketing Society (WHPRMS). Winners were announced at the WHPRMS annual conference held recently at the Hyatt Regency, Milwaukee.

The Communications Review is recognized by health care professionals in Wisconsin as a program dedicated to honoring excellence and superior accomplishment in the practice of health care public relations and marketing. Developed in 1971, the Communications Review was one of the first award programs of its kind in the country. All entries were reviewed and evaluated by the by the Cincinnati Alliance for Healthcare Marketing.

“The WHPRMS Communications Review is widely recognized by health care communicators for its quality and credibility,” said Melissa Douglas, president, WHPRMS. “Healthcare marketing continues to evolve in a very competitive marketplace and Ministry Health Care was recognized for its high quality work and results.”

A marketing campaign for Saint Joseph’s Children’s Hospital in Marshfield coordinated by Marketing Account Manager Claire Meney was among the top winners of the 2009 Communications Review. “Children’s Stories” received an award of excellence and was named one of 5 Judges Choice winners as one of the top 5 entries in the process.

The collateral materials for the House of the Dove Donor Project in Marshfield submitted by Carla David, public and community relations manager at Saint Joseph’s Hospital also received an award of excellence.

Audiology Display Board’s created for Saint Michael’s Hospital in Stevens Point submitted by Graphic Designer Ginger Peterson received an award of Merit in the internal communications category.

Ministry Health Care’s system wide orthopedics campaign “Feeling Good Again” submitted by Marketing Account Manager Amy Gullickson received an award of merit in the integrated campaign category.

“We are honored to be recognized by the 2009 WHPRMS Communications Review,” said Dennis Kepchar, vice president for marketing, public relations and communications for Ministry Health Care. “The projects recognized in this program not only promote the high quality services within the Ministry Health Care System, but are excellent examples of the fine work done every day by the many members of our department.”

The 2009 WHPRMS Communications Review featured nearly 100 entries from health care systems across Wisconsin.

Ministry Health Care is a values-driven health care delivery network of aligned hospitals, clinics and other providers, based in Wisconsin and Minnesota. With over 12,000 employees including physicians and health professionals, Ministry also offers home health, hospice, long-term care facilities, dialysis services, a health plan and many other services.

The Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother, who have sponsored health care in the region for over 115 years, founded Ministry Health Care in 1984. Ministry’s mission as a Catholic health care system is to further the healing ministry of Jesus by continually improving the health and well-being of all people, especially the poor, in the communities we serve.

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